How to Enable Airplane Mode In Windows 10

Airplane mode is a very useful feature which allows the user to turn off wireless communications all at once on his Windows 10 device. It is designed to save your time when you are on an airplane, but can be used when on battery anywhere to make your tablet or laptop last longer.


Depending on your device model, it can have one of the following communication options or all of them: Wi-Fi, Mobile broadband, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC and so on. When enabled, the Airplane mode disables them.

To enable the Airplane mode in Windows 10, do the following.

Open Action Center. You can click or tap its icon on the taskbar or press Win + A shortcut keys if your device comes with a physical keyboard.

Action Center Airplane Mode

There, you'll find the Airplane mode quick action button. If it is not visible, click the tiny "Expand" button above the quick action button box. The button will change its appearance from gray to blue.

Note: If your device has no battery, e.g. if you have installed Windows 10 on a classic desktop PC, Airplane mode might be inaccessible.

Alternatively, the Network flyout comes with the Airplane mode toggle button. You can click or tap the Network icon in the notification area of the taskbar and turn on or turn off Airplane mode from there.Network Flyout

Finally, Airplane mode can be enabled or disabled in Settings.

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Go to Network & internet - Airplane mode.
  3. On the right, turn on or off Airplane mode using the provided option.Ariplane Mode Settings

When airplane mode is enabled, an airplane icon appears in the notification area.

Ariplane Mode Icon Windows 10

If you click or tap it, you'll be able to turn on or off individual Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connections.

It is worth mentioning that clicking/tapping the Airplane mode button won't disable communications instantly. It can take some time, usually a few seconds before every wireless hardware becomes disabled. If you quickly click or tap the Airplane mode button, it may report an invalid communications state. It is a good idea to wait for a few seconds before you use the Airplane mode button again.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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